Former Brooklyn-Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti (New Girl, Game Night) revealed she would want to see the series explore defunding the police in its upcoming season, via Shadow and Act. In an interview with IndieWire, Peretti explained how this topic would be something interesting for the series to address given our current political climate.
“A lot of my friends and family at this point, that’s their livelihood and they’re working on that show, so it’s hard for me to want to undercut them,” Peretti said via Shadow and Act. “I know they’re working to reshape this coming season. I’m very curious and interested to see what they do.”
According to Shadow and Act, Peretti played secretary Gina Linetti at the fictional precinct until her departure in 2018. The NBC comedy created by Michael Schur (The Good Place) and Dan Goor (The Daily Show) follows a colorful crew of officers at the 99 Precinct in Brooklyn, New York. Completing its seventh season this April, the cast boasts Andy Samberg (Palm Springs), Melissa Fumero (Gossip Girl), Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris), Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street), Stephanie Beatriz (Bojack Horseman), and Joe Lo Truglio (Reno 911). Schur and Goor serve as executive producers along with David Miner (30 Rock), Phil Lord (21 Jump Street), Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Luke Del Tredici (Bored to Death), and David Phillips (Robot Chicken).
While Peretti is apprehensive the series would make such a radical shift, she’s anticipating how the new season handles the discussion of an alternative to our current policing system. “I get what people are saying. I get their concerns, and you know, my thought was like, ‘They should just defund the police!’ And have everyone going to do community-oriented work,” Peretti said via Shadow and Act. “That’s probably not what they’re going to do.”